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2/25/15: Be intentional about growing spiritually

Published: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

To live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. (NABRE)  Colossians 1:10-12

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. (NIV)  Colossians 1:10-12

Almost everyone tries to figure out what they want to do with their life. Early on, people ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  The same question can be asked about your spiritual life. If you wanted a career in a certain field, you would focus on education and jobs in that field.  You intentionally prepare yourself to do something and to do it to the best of your ability.

“What are you becoming” in your spiritual life?  Is there anything “intentional” about what you do to prepare yourself to live the most important life this side of eternity?  I challenge you to think about the specific activities that you do that you would classify as “spiritual growth.”  Are they intentional to help you grow deeper and stronger in your relationship with God? Or, are there things that you repeat and repeat and repeat with no significant spiritual change occurring in your life.

In the verses above, there are several things listed that would be considered as “spiritual growth.”  You are to live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way. Have you ever considered your life in this way? Reflect over the past week, and ask yourself if God would be pleased with what He saw in your life.  There can be a big difference between doing something for the church and doing something for God.  Good works (those done for God) will produce fruit.  Fruit always includes a spiritual change in another person or in you.  It may be as tremendous as someone accepting Christ, or it could mean giving hope to someone who is in despair. 

God also wants you to get to know Him. This can only be done as you allow the Holy Spirit to show you spiritual things. Studying the life of Christ in the Bible is a great way to get to know God, because Jesus said that if you know Him, then you would know the Father.  God has given you the Holy Spirit to help you grow spiritually. How often do you rely on the Spirit? How often do you ask God through the Holy Spirit to give you strength or spiritual knowledge? 

The most important aspect of any Believer’s life is to be constantly growing spiritually. Any time a Believer becomes entangled in this world or in themselves, it is impossible for that Believer to please God. Read Romans 12:1-2.  Commit these verses to memory, and live them everyday of your life. You will experience life-changing events for the remainder of your earthly life.  Be intentional about your spiritual life, because God expects it!

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